Mary Elle Fanning is an American actress known for her roles in various films and television series. She was born on April 9, 1998, and made her debut in the movie “I Am Sam” in 2001, playing the younger version of her sister Dakota Fanning’s character. As a child actress, she appeared in several films such as “Babel” (2006), “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Phoebe in Wonderland” (both 2008).
Fanning gained recognition for her starring role in the science-fiction film “Super 8” (2011) and went on to have leading roles in films like “We Bought a Zoo” (2011), “Ginger & Rosa” (2012), and the fantasy films “Maleficent” (2014) and its sequel “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” (2019).
After “Maleficent,” Fanning started working in independent cinema, collaborating with notable directors in films like “The Neon Demon” (2016), “20th Century Women” (2016), “The Beguiled” (2017), and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” (2017). She also served as a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, becoming the youngest person to do so.
In the television series “The Great” (2020–present), Fanning portrays Empress Catherine II, for which she received critical acclaim and award nominations. She also starred as Michelle Carter in the limited series “The Girl from Plainville” (2022).
Meet Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning was born in Conyers, Georgia, to parents involved in sports. Her mother, Heather Joy, played tennis in college, and her father, Steven J. Fanning, played minor league baseball. Her sister, Dakota Fanning, is also an actress. Both were raised in the Southern Baptist denomination.
As a child, Fanning started her acting career with small plays and commercials. She had guest roles on TV series like “ER,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and “The Practice.” In 2001, she gained attention for her role in “I Am Sam” and became the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. She also won the Best Young Actor/Actress award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
Fanning continued to appear in films and took on more mature roles as she grew older. She has worked on various independent productions and has been recognized for her versatile performances. In addition to her film career, she has also done voice-over work for animated projects.
Mary Elle Fanning has established herself as a talented actress, known for her diverse roles and impressive performances in both film and television.